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MRes Biology

Course Description

The MRes Biology has been designed for recent Biology graduates who wish to pursue a research career in industry or academia, as well for those who are already working within research. The programme encourages applications from high quality and motivated biology graduates who have a keen interest in developing their knowledge, expertise and research skills.

The combination of taught modules on research practice and the development of a high impact research project will equip you with an essential foundation for a successful career in academic and/or industrial research within your chosen field. The course also provides ideal preparation to progress your research to PhD level.


During the programme you will benefit from taught modules which cover experimental design and development of a research project, advanced data analysis, research ethics, risk assessment and submitting a research funding application.

You will also gain experience in knowledge transfer to enhance your understanding of how to maximise the impact of your research in the wider society outside of an academic audience. You will be able to develop your own research project on a relevant topic of your choice in collaboration with supervisors within the Biology Department.

The culmination of the programme will be the production of a research thesis in the form of a journal paper at publication standard.


Taught modules will be delivered through practical laboratory and field sessions and will be based at Edge Hill University. Attendance requirements vary depending upon whether you are studying full-time or part-time and will also be determined by the nature of your research project.

For field-based projects, the Department of Biology has close links with a number of conservation organisations as well as access to sites of high biodiversity. Other projects may take place in the specialised DNA, microbiology or ecology research laboratories on campus.


The Department of Biology has an active research culture with a programme team of experienced and knowledgeable staff who take pride in the quality of their teaching and keep up-to-date with current developments in their specialist areas of interest.


Taught components of the programme are assessed through coursework which is tailored to suit the subject area of each module and may include practical portfolios, specimen collections, project reports, field notebooks and oral presentations. Your thesis will also be assessed by an external examiner who will be an expert in your chosen field of study.


The MRes Biology has a focus on honing field and laboratory skills, developing highly sought-after research and applied skills to an advanced level, and enhancing a range of transferable skills to enhance your employability and provide opportunities for career advancement. The aim of the programme is to produce high quality scientists equipped for a career in academic or industrial research.

The skills and experience acquired through an MRes programme also provide essential preparation for progressing to higher research qualifications, such as MPhil and PhD.

Visit the MRes Biology page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You would normally have, as a minimum, a 2:1 honours degree in a biological discipline. If you wish to complete a field-based project you must have a full driving licence. Overseas applicants require IELTS 7.0 or equivalent. As part of the selection process, you will need to produce a short research proposal and attend an interview.

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